|"Even if. every parallel [in the Book of Mormon] were the purest coincidence,
we would still have to explain how the Prophet contrived to pack such a
dense succession of happy accidents into the scriptures he gave us. Where
the world has a perfect right to expect a great potpourri of the most outrageous
nonsense, and in anticipation has indeed rushed to judgment with all manner
of premature accusations, we discover whenever ancient texts turn up to
offer the necessary checks and controls, that the man was astonishingly
on target in his depiction of general situations, in the almost casual
mention of peculiar oddities, in the strange proper names, and countless
other unaccountable details.... As the evidence accumulates, it is not
the Prophet but his critics who find themselves with a lot of explaining
—Hugh Nibley, The Prophetic Book of Mormon (1989), 325-26
"Proofs" of the Book of Mormon:
Claims for origin of Book of Mormon
Discussions about the Book of Mormon
Responses to Criticism:
Egyptian - William J. Hamblin addresses the criticism that there is no
language known as "reformed Egyptian."
at River City - A somewhat humorous look at Book of Mormon criticism
by Reuben Dunn.
- A Scholar Looks at the Evidences for the Book of
Mormon - Daniel C. Peterson speaks about some of the
evidences for the Book of Mormon.
- Basic Methodological Problems with the
Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormo - William J. Hamblin analyzes issues of
the difficulties of reconstructing ancient geographies, problems with the discontinuity of
Mesoamerican toponyms, the historical development of the idea of a Limited Geography
Model, and difficulties of textual and artifactual interpretation when trying to relate
the Book of Mormon to archaeological remains.
Alma 7:10 and the Birthplace of Jesus Christ - One of the most popular anti-Mormon claims is that the Book of Mormon
gives the wrong location for the birth of Jesus Christ. This paper by Daniel C. Peterson,
Matthew Roper, and William J. Hamblin addresses that crticism.
on the Book of Mormon Witnesses - In spite of the fact that they never denied their testimony, Anti-Mormons
frequently attack the testimony of the witnesses to the Book of Mormon because they later
left the Church. This paper by Matthew Roper examines specific criticisms made by the
Anti-Mormons Jerald and Sandra Tanner..
Latest Strawman - William J. Hamblin responds to Stephen E. Thompson's 1994 review of Review
of Books on the Book of Mormon . He concludes "The failure of those who reject the
historicity of the Book of Mormon to respond cogently to the increasing body of evidence
and argument supporting historicity is becoming painfully apparent."
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